2nd National Summer School of Social Work on "Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships"

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  • 9:30 am
  • Baragali Summer Campus, UoP

Theme and Purpose:

Theme of World Social Work Day for the year 2020 is “Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships”, which will be globally observed. Traditionally, existing relationships in the society based on some tested and sustainable norms and values and production activities are losing their entity at the advent of the forces of disequilibrium and failing to base on alternative legal and economic foundations. Public governance system has already surrendered to the market forces especially in economically challenged countries, where the sovereignty crisis has taken a new form and governments are relentlessly striving to overcome the crisis with all means. The vital work of social workers can be seen in a wide variety of settings “whether we work in physical health, mental health, schools, child protection, aged care, disability, family violence, academia or management, we bring the values of our profession to wherever we work.”

On the other hand, emergence of new version of technologies following cyber and information revolution are superseding individual capabilities as well as curtailing human strengths to control technologies rather controlling human values and behavior. Development, governance and transformation have positive correlation and causal relationship among themselves. They need to be addressed in an integral manner. But currently lack of coordination and integration at conceptual and functional levels has created an adverse situation, a situation of natural and environmental imbalances. All these ultimately are pushing the planet with all species into a devastating situation. It requires insightful holistic and integrative analytical approaches from scholars, academicians, researchers and practitioners across borders, disciplines, functional areas and generations. All of them have their own role and identities in the context of totality and always influence and are influenced by the totality too. 

The theme of the summer school highlights the importance of human relationships. This message is important at a time when hatred appears rife and people are divided because of ideology, bigotry and racism. Today is a reminder that we should not give up. Human relationships are important, particularly where they are problematic or absent. Today, as social workers, we’d like to celebrate the life-affirming importance of human relationships and encourage the profession to consider how it can do more to promote positive connections between people.

Who We Are:

Located in the historic city of Peshawar, the University of Peshawar is the oldest and largest university of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Department of Social Work is one of the oldest and most prestigious departments of the University of Peshawar. It is known as a pioneer of the Social Work profession in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and for many creative initiatives across Pakistan. Collaborating partner of the Summer School, Community World Service Asia, Islamabad (CWSA) is a humanitarian and development organization, implementing initiatives throughout Asia, and aims to address factors that divide people by promoting inclusiveness, shared values, diversity, and interdependence. Other active partners of the Summer School are the Department of Social Work, University of the Punjab, Lahore and the Department of Social Work, University of Sindh Jamshoro.


The approach of the program is interactive, and participants are expected to learn not only from the resource persons but also from each other by sharing their own experiences. Along with the academic sessions, visits to government and non-government institutions, group meals, cultural nights and sightseeing ventures are part of the program. Participants of the Summer School will also participate actively in community services, trekking, cleanliness of the campus, team-building, and interactive games.   

Who Can Apply?

The Summer School is open to undergraduate & graduate students and practitioners coming from all across Pakistan, Applicants can be from any academic discipline. However, they should be able to demonstrate interest in, and willingness to learn about; a culture of thinking, inquiry and reflection, resilience and independence, service learning and a focused approach in developing practical skills of the profession. 

How to Apply:

  • Interested students and practitioners should complete the online application form available at: https://forms.gle/mNwCuBAPe6uy2HYN7   
  • Short-listed candidates will be interviewed via Skype.
  • They are required to deposit a non-refundable registration fee of PKR 15000/- through wire transfer, upon acceptance of their application.
  • Students currently enrolled in Social Work Departments of: University of Peshawar, Punjab University and University of Sindh, Jamshoro are required to deposit a non-refundable registration fee of PKR 3000/- through wire transfer, upon acceptance of their application.

Registration and Support:

  • Selected participants will be provided transport, accommodation and food during the summer school.
  • The participants of the summer school take part in interactive academic sessions with renowned Pakistani and international trainers. In addition, the programme of the Summer School visits to important official sites, most notably, the Senate & Parliament of Pakistan, and offices of a few International Organizations.



The last date of application submission is June 15th, 2020.

For Queries:

Dr. Muhammad Ibrar (Coordinator), Assistant Professor,
Department of Social Work, University of Peshawar.